(Closed) Groomsman doesn't want to rent a tux…

posted 6 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 3
46414 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It is totally acceptable for him to wear his dress blues at the wedding.

Post # 4
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Ok, Etiquette nut here… Military Dress Uniform is always acceptable at the most formal of occasions (ummm, just take a look at any Royal Wedding if you need to see proof)

Let him wear his Uniform… the pics will be amazing I assure you.


Post # 5
37 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t think it would look bad for him to be in his dress blues. I think years from now looking back at those photos it would be sweet for you two and sentimental to see him in them at your wedding. 

Post # 6
2916 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Not tacky at ALL for him to wear his dress blues. Let him do it, it will look awesome in photos and be so special.

Post # 7
923 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’d let him wear the blues.  Marine dress blues are incredibly good looking.  However, depending on where your Destination Wedding is, he might need to clear his wearing of the uniform with his CO.  I’m not familiar with all of the military’s rules on this, but I’m sure there is something about wearing a U.S. uniform in a foreign country. 

Post # 8
1556 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@This Time Round:  +1  

I’d let him wear his dress uniform.  That can never be tacky, even if he doesn’t match.  But if he wants to match but simply can’t afford a tux rental, then you should offer to pay for it for him.

But I’d let him just wear the uniform…

Post # 9
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

IMO dress blues beat black tux any day!


Post # 10
2712 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It’s not tacky at all!  Dess blues are absolutely acceptable to wear to a wedding and I don’t think they’d look bad.  I would let him wear the dress blues.  Plus, if he can’t afford the tux, which is more important: having everyone match? or having DF’s best friend stand in the wedding?

Post # 11
5958 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

Sorry babe, asthetics aside, a Marine in his dress blues is an international formal credit card, trumps tux any day, I would be honored to have him stand up for me dressed so formally.

Post # 12
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Nona99:  +1 and all other posts.. be honoured he wants to wear his blues and that you will have a marine in the wedding- besides its a great surprise.. i wouldnt let tiny details take away from the surprise & enjoyment of your day!

Post # 13
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Yup; agree with all the other bees here. Military uniform trumps tux. If you insist that he needs to be in a tux and cost is an issue; then offer to pay for it.


Post # 14
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Agree with all other bees!!

Post # 15
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Agree with everyone else!  Dress blues are so nice looking!

Edited to add – cut him some slack.  He’s taking the time out to attend your Destination Wedding so that’s got to cost him a chunk of change.  Don’t make him spend any more money than he already is.

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